Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City currently make up the top four.
The former Celtic striker has been out of work since he was sacked by in September 2013.
Here we look at Sunderland's performance so far this season, as they try to avoid relegation under new manager Gus Poyet.
Two eye-catching parts of Paulo Di Canio's interview with Sky Sports was that he banned players from eating condiments…
Sunderland have sacked their manager with just over a month to go before the Tyne-Wear derby.
For some people, Di Canio's reign could be regarded as comical.
Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio has been handed an £8,000 fine by the Football Association for his misconduct in Saturday’s clash with Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
Their next seven fixtures includes a tyne-wear derby and Manchester City visiting Stadium of Light along with a couple of tricky away trips.
Sunderland have had a busy summer, and deadline day was no different.
There have been a lot of comings and goings at the Stadium of Light, but to what avail?